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How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Sports Performance
TRX Editor

At the beginning of each year, people set training goals with the best of intentions. Faster, longer, stronger, better in some way at something. The reality is, by the time we flip the calendar to February, most of these goals have fallen by the wayside. Sound familiar? If so, we're here to tell you it's not the goal that's important, it's your method of getting after it. If you ensure your goals are S.M.A.R.T. from the get-go, you’ll be well on your way to realizing them.


S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.


S = Specific: Do you know exactly what you want to accomplish with all the details? Goals must be well defined. They must be clear and unambiguous.


M = Measurable: Can you quantify your progress so you can track it? How will you know when you reach your goal? Define specific criteria for measuring progress toward the accomplishment of each goal you set so that you can measure and keep track of your progress.


A = Attainable: Is your goal a challenge but still possible to achieve? Goals must achievable. The best goals require you to stretch a bit to achieve them, but they are not impossible to achieve.


R = Realistic: Is your goal realistic and within your reach? Are you willing to commit to your goal? Almost certainly your goal is realistic if you truly believe it can be accomplished.


T = Timely: Does your goal have a deadline? Goals must have a clearly defined time frame including a starting date and a target date. If you don’t have a time limit, then there is no urgency to start taking action towards achieving your goals.


Whether your goal is to lose 20 pounds, log a PB on your daily run, rehab an injury or bench your own bodyweight, this is the year your goal will become reality. Below are some common fitness goals and the TRX Training tools that will help you reach them.


Get Stronger


Is everyone else around you getting just a bit faster and stronger? Or are you just heading in the other direction? Get the full body fitness system (including TRX Essentials: Strength DVD and TRX Multisport Strength Workout Download) that helps you to build the strength and stamina you need to keep up with - and pass - your competition.



Improve Metabolic Conditioning


Are you looking to put your metabolism into overdrive? Do you want a workout that will give you more energy, burn more calories and turn you into a lean, mean machine - even if you only have half an hour? Get the fitness system (including TRX Performance: Team Sports DVD and TRX Winter Sport Conditioning Download) that Men's Health calls the "best total body tool."


Increase Flexibility and Balance


Has it been a while since you could touch your toes? Do you want to be limber like a dancer and steady like a gymnast? Or do you just want to feel more balanced in your everyday life? Get the fitness system (including TRX Pro Kit and TRX Essentials: Flexibility DVD) that builds core strength and improves flexibility to help prevent common injuries.


Lose Weight


You try to stay fit, but life gets in the way. You need a workout that's quick and efficient and a smart, focused nutrition plan.


So what's your goal going to be? Make sure it's S.M.A.R.T. and get after it! This is one year your fitness goals won't fall by the wayside.